Our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us. We are parlour soldiers. We shun the rugged battle of fate, where strength is born. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneurs worst enemy. Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego. Instead, we want to work from the Self, that is, from instinct and intuition, from the unconscious.

A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. Its only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.” - Steven Pressfield, Do the Work

The idea of “being realistic” holds all of us back. From starting a business or quitting a job to dating someone who may not be our type or moving to a new place – getting “real” often means putting your dreams on hold.

Today, let’s take a step away from rational thought and dare to be bold. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle.

The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for?

(Author: Matt Cheuvront)


The one thing I've always wanted to accomplish, but have yet to do, is start my own profitable business and be my own boss.

The obstacles, or should I say perceived obstacles to reaching this accomplishment include:

  • Choosing just what in the world I actually want to do

  • Money

  • Family

  • Fear of failure

  • Time

  • Resources

Steps to reach this goal... you know I actually think I want to do marketing/consulting and in the process try to avoid being the kind people hate. So tangible steps...

  1. Find a client who wants me to do work and do it pro bono. There is no way I get paid work without a degree and I'll eat soap before I get a marketing degree - not because I hate education, but because I think it would taint my creativity. I'd much rather learn the ropes the hard way then get some cookie cutter education that qualifies me to be like everyone else.

  2. Develop a workflow for this client to engage with customers or potential customers. I think the basic concept would be build friendships first, then worry about the money.

  3. Show off my successful work and start getting paying clients.

  4. Rinse and repeat.

When written this way it is quite obvious. I need to do this within my own school. If I can show that this place is needed, and the tuition is worth paying, then I think I've got something.